7/21/10

The End of Men? A new beginning.

2 facts jump out from this article in the Atlantic Monthly... "Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same."

A little quick math suggests that some roles might be changing on the home front. They already have on mine...

I hear a lot of stories, many driven by the economy, of Daddy reluctantly doing, or not doing, various forms of "woman's work" when forced to play a new role at home. Get with the program, boys! Take those skills from the workplace, apply them to home/family and help the team win! It has been a wonderful and productive time for me; I really would not change a thing. A lot of us have just been asked to play a different position on the team because things are changing, economy and otherwise.

How many times do we hear about a player who is asked to doing something that they didn't sign up for on a team and refuse to do it with a smile? What's our reaction? "BUM! He's only looking out for himself!"  Many of us have been asked to play a new position on our team. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to leverage strengths placed in different areas. Change is good. You will discover things you didn't know were there. Focus on what's important, get priorities aligned, and put a plan in place. Then, take your team to new heights while being a great role model for a new generation.

No, not the end of men, but it is a new day.  Seize it and enjoy.

5 comments:

Mom In Management said...

Love it! Now just get my hubby on board. :)

DIana said...

Nice my father used to be a macho men when I was a little girl, nowadays my mother is the one that works and brings the money to home and my father stays at home washing the dishes and preparing the food and looks like both of them like it that way

Daily Saving said...

Thanks Diana! Sounds like they found their groove... Sometimes it takes a while to settle in. And Lexi, Hubby needs to learn to be a team player. You are the teambuilder at work, right? I found that my work/mgt skills worked when I wasn't too obvious, which drew the, "don't treat me like one of your reps" comment. Tread lightly but it works! Best, Brian

Andrew Jacobson said...

Brian, nice thoughts. As a stay at home dad, I live this reality every day. But I don't think of it as playing a new position; I am still a Dad, still a man. Maybe I am just trying to be a more well rounded player... You are right that it is all about priorities and remembering what is truly important. Thanks for helping spread the word.

Daily Saving said...

Thanks Andrew! Sounds like things are going well on your end. Well rounded, I like it. The more positions we play, the better, right? Spreading the word loud and proud! Thanks for stopping by. Brian